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PSY 201: Introduction to Statistics in Psychology

Fall 2015
MWF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Peirce Hall, Room 277


Greg FrancisPSYCH 3186 494-6934 gfrancis@purdue.edu Office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00-11:00 am
I check my email frequently, feel free to use it for questions and setting up appointments. If you cannot make my office hours, we can schedule for another time.

Class home page
The Internet home page for this course is http://www.psych.purdue.edu/~gfrancis/Classes/PSY201/index.html This class does not use Blackboard.

We will be using a test version of an on-line textbook called IntroStats Online. This is an on-line textbook that requires a login. You will receive information on setting up and registering an account from the instructor. The site includes instructor-provided reading assignments. You will be graded for finishing the readings by the assigned day and time. All reading assignments are due by 10:00 am on the indicated date. It is your responsibility to finish the assignments by the assigned day/time. The reading assignments count as 10% of your class grade.

The on-line textbook, IntroStats Online, also includes instructor-provided homework assignments from the end-of-chapter problem sets. See the IntroStats Online site for the specific of the home work assignments and their due dates. All homework assignments are due at 11:00 pm on the indicated date. The homework scores will make up 15% of your final grade.

STATLAB assignments
We will use an Internet site called STATLAB Online as an additional source of homework. Lab assignments are listed in the schedule below. These labs are experiments that measure some aspect of your behavior. At the end of each experiment you will need to calculate statistics that are appropriate for the experimental results. You get credit by finishing the experiment and answering all of the statistics questions correctly. Your overall lab grade will make up 15% of your final grade. You must complete the lab (and answer all question correctly) by 11:00 pm on the date indicated to earn credit. You will receive log-in information for STATLAB in class. You will often find that computing the statistics is easiest if you copy and paste the data into a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel. If you have not previously used Excel, you may want to look over a tutorial to get started. Sorting is especially useful.

There will be three section exams and a final exam. The section exams will be in-class and the final exam will be given during the final exam period. Each exam is worth 15% of your grade. The final exam covers all topics of the course, and it is taken during the scheduled final exam period. Make-up exams will not be permitted unless you check with Dr. Francis at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled exam date to verify that your excuse allows you to take the exam at another time. Missed exams will receive a grade of 0.

Classroom activities
The information you need to complete the assignments is in the textbook. Rather than repeat that material in a class lecture, class periods will be used for answering questions about the concepts in the textbook, working through problems (to finish reading, homework, or STATLAB assignments), and for activities that highlight aspects of statistics and statistical thinking. It is not required for students to attend the class (except for exams, of course), but you will probably find it interesting and useful to be present.

Teaching Assistant
Sara EtiennePRCE 264 setienn@purdue.edu Office hours: Monday and Tuesday, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Date StatLab assignment or exam
September 1 Frequency distribution - Speeded Reaction Time
September 10 Central Tendency - Horizontal Vertical Illusion
September 15 Standard Deviation - Weber’s Law
September 21 Correlation - Lexical Decision
September 25 Exam 1 (study guide)
September 29 Probability - Typical Reasoning
October 6 Standard (z) Scores - Memory Span
October 22 Confidence Intervals - Air Traffic Control
October 26 Exam 2
November 5 One-sample T-test - Ebbinghaus Size Illusion
November 9 Two-sample T-test - Emotional Stroop Effect
November 12 Power and Sample Size - Stroop Effect
November 17 Chi Square Test - Zenner Cards
November 19 Chi Square Test - Levels of Processing
November 23 Exam 3
December 1 One-way ANOVA - Judging Art
December 3 Two-way ANOVA - Flanker Effect
December 8 Two-way Within Subjects ANOVA - Brain Asymmetry
During Final Exam Week Final Exam